Ways to Give

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The financial support we receive from individuals, families and companies is what sustains our year-round mission on a daily basis. When you give to Cradles to Crayons, you’re helping children across America recieve the everyday essentials they need.

Your Story is Their Story

Cradles to Crayons began with the vision of one individual who was determined to make a difference in the world. Today, the Cradles to Crayons community has grown to include thousands of young people and adults — working together to make a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of children each year.

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Giving Recipes

One in Three People in the United States Living in Poverty is a Child

Cradles to Crayons currently meets a critical need in three regions that have significant percentages of children living below the poverty line-Boston 33%, Philadelphia 37%, and Chicago 33%. Poverty is defined as a family of four living off $24,250 or less for the year. But statistics don’t get to the heart of what we do. We help kids who don’t have access to basic resources; kids without shoes that fit, a coat warm enough to fend off winter winds, or a backpack to carry their books to and from school.

Explore some of the creative activities families and youth are doing to give back together. We invite you to try out the recipes we suggest below, or share your own ideas or favorite giving tradition with us.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah or Confirmation

Volunteer at The Giving Factory, organize a clothing drive, raise money or use one of our other ingredients to make an immediate difference in your community.

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Be a Birthday Star

Invite family and friends to your party and ask them to bring donations of specific children’s items (or money). Share your birthday with another child and celebrate together!

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Pajama Party Project

Get creative and get other students leaders to help you get the word out. Encourage your community to donate money along with new PJ’s. Give back in your pajamas!

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Well Wish Note Project

Write supportive and enthusiastic messages and decorate with fun drawings, stickers or pictures to send words of encouragement and bring joy to kids this school year.

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Quality = Dignity Drive

Invite your friends, family, schoolmates, and community to collect or purchase children’s items to help outfit local kids for success with new and like-new clothing.

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Hygiene Kit Collection

Engage your neighbors, friends or community by asking them to donate new hygiene packs to help keep babies and children in your community safe and healthy.

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School Supplies Collection

Get a current school supply inventory list from Cradles to Crayons, engage your community and help kids succeed in the classroom on the first day of school and throughout the year!

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Share, Spend, Save.

Learn how to manage and share your money – for now and for the future by ‘sharing’ your allowance or other money with Cradles to Crayons or other nonprofits!

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Gear Up for Winter Collection

Set up a community drop-off location at your home, community center, school, or other location to help protect kids from the dangers of winter conditions.

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Ready? We’re Here to Help.

Ready to launch your campaign? Our recipe book provides everything you need to get started. Let us know about your drive beforehand so we can help or start your fundraising campaign through Click and Pledge, our preferred crowdfunding solution.

Other Ways to Give

Stocks and Securities

Donating stock and mutual fund shares are wonderful ways to help Cradles to Crayons fulfill our mission. Making a gift of securities is simple and offers a number of valuable financial benefits. You can donate appreciated stocks, bonds or mutual funds. Also, the total value of the stock upon transfer is tax-deductible and there is no obligation to pay any capital gains taxes on the appreciation. Please contact us with the details >

Corporate and Foundations

We appreciate all our Corporate and Foundation Partners as their charitable contributions make a difference in ending childhood poverty. The efforts and generosity of our partners in their corporate charitable contributions have significantly enhanced Cradles to Crayons efforts. If you are interested in helping fight childhood poverty, please contact our development team to assist you. Contact us with the details >

Donor Advised Funds

A donor advised fund is a type of giving program that allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to easily support Cradles to Crayons.

Recommend a gift to Cradles to Crayons now through your donor advised fund using DAF Direct.

Mail Your Gift

Send your check or money order payable to:

Cradles to Crayons, Inc.
Attn: Gift Processing
281 Newtonville Ave
Newtonville, MA 02460

If you need your receipt expedited, we suggest that you make a donation using our online form.

Employer Match

Cradles to Crayons uses Double the Donation in all of our online forms to quickly learn about employer matching programs. However, you may still ask for a payroll deduction or launch a giving campaign for your workplace. See our Giving Recipes for more information.


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